Auburn, AL Real Estate News

By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Thought this was so interesting. Posted: Thursday, April 2, 2015 9:22 am | Updated: 9:33 am, Thu Apr 2, 2015. Brian Woodham brian@auburnvillager.com@btwoodham on Twitter | 0 comments Fourth in a series exploring zoning within the city Last week, we explored the different types of zoning districts in Auburn. This week, we'll examine Planned Development Districts.  A Planned Development District (PDD) is an overlay, where, essentially, the master development plan submitted by a developer becomes the zone once it makes it through the approval process.  The primary benefit for developer and resident alike is certainty. The developer finds it in vested use rights, which are locked in once the plan goes through the approval process.  For example, an approved plan might call for 220 units of m...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
By Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE) Follow on Twitter on April 02, 2015 at 3:13 PM, updated April 02, 2015 at 3:14 PM 0     Reddit       Click here to view or print the entire February report compliments of the ACRE Corporate Cabinet. Lee County residential sales increase 88% in February from last year. Housing Inventory has been favorably reduced by 42% from the February 2011 peak. Infograph courtesy of ACRE. All rights reserved.Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE)  Sales: Lee County area residential sales totaled 122 units in February, a significant increase in sales growth of 87.7 percent or 66 units above the same period last year.  Forecast: February sales were 45 units above our monthly forecast. The Center's 2014 sales forecast projected 1,344 closed transactions while the...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
  Auburn CityFest set for April 25  Auburn, Ala.- Get ready for a day full of “Blues and BBQ” at Auburn CityFest 2015, co-presented by the Opelika-Auburn News and Four Seasons Federal Credit Union! Join Auburn Parks and Recreation on Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Kiesel Park for Auburn’s largest FREE outdoor festival. Live blues music, arts & crafts and fine arts vendors, children’s activities, food, and much more are just a few of the wonderful things you can enjoy! CityFest is FREE to the public and is a rain or shine event. Enjoy a picnic at the Entertainment Pavilion with our Official BBQ Sponsor, Jim N’ Nicks, while groovin’ to the tunes of local blues musicians. This year’s musical entertainment includes the Alabama Blues Project, Big Swamp Blues Band, and the Soul C...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Happy April Fool's Day!    
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Lindy Oller/Opelika-Auburn News Spring is in the air and Easter is just around the corner as Auburn and Opelika prepare for their citywide Easter events. Auburn is celebrating its 34 th annual Easter egg hunt Saturday at 10 a.m. in Kiesel Park.   There will be more than 35,000 eggs spread out across a four-acre area. “We’re doing things a little bit differently this year. In the past, all of the children hunted in their age groups at the same time,” said Alison Hall, community and special programs director for Auburn Parks and Recreation. “This year, we are breaking the groups up. Children 3 and under will hunt at 10:30 a.m.; children 4 to 6 will hunt at 10:45 a.m.; children 7 to 9 will hunt at 11 a.m.; and children ages 10-12 will hunt at 11:15 a.m.” The change was a result of feedback...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
By Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE) Follow on Twitter on March 30, 2015 at 9:57 AM, updated March 30, 2015 at 11:32 AM 0     Reddit       Alabama residential sales in February increase 10 percent; 68 percent of local markets improve from last year   Click here to view or print the entire February report compliments of the ACRE Corporate Cabinet. Alabama home sales up 10% vs February 2014. February sales up 35% from bottom in 2011. Infograph courtesy of ACRE. All rights reserved.Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE)  Sales: Alabama residential sales totaling 3,216 units in February reflect an increase of 10.4 percent growth from the same period a year earlier. Sales for the month are 21.4 percent above the five-year February sales average('10-'14) of 2,325 units. Year-to-date sales...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Auburn NanoDays 2015 Sponsored by Auburn University College of Engineering Join us for hands-on experiments that demonstrate science at the nanoscale for grades 2-10! Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. at the Agricultural Heritage Park Pavilion located at 620 N. Donahue Drive, Auburn, AL 36832. This is a national event, and more information can be found at the Nanodays National Website, nisenet.com/nanodays.There is no fee to attend the Auburn event but registration is required, see the website. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. For further questions, please contact AuburnNanodays@gmail.com Hope to see you there! Date: April 01, 2015Time: 5:00 PM until 7:30 PM send an email »go to website » Agricultural Heritage Park Farmers' Pavilion620 N. Donahue Drive...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Thought this was an excellent article on zoning in the City of Auburn, AL. Brian Woodham brian@auburnvillager.com@btwoodham on Twitter | 0 comments Third in a series exploring zoning within the city In the third part of the series exploring zoning with the city of Auburn, we'll take a close look at the types of zoning districts, where they're located, and what's permitted or conditional in each zone.  With Auburn still predominately a residential city, neighborhood zones are the most prolific type of zone in the city.  The older, established traditional neighborhoods in town are zoned as Neighborhood Conservation District (NC).  NC is the most restrictive zone in town, and no commercial or entertainment uses are permitted there. Besides new single-family residential, the zone permits re...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Allison Blankenship allison@auburnvillager.com@ac_blankenship on Twitter | 0 comments Plans to expand certain amenities within Chewacla State Park are on the horizon as the park adjusts to recent entrance and service fee changes and prepares to switch over to a more modern campground and cabin reservation system. Essentially, there's a lot going on at Chewacla. The state park, which offers features like hiking trails, a geocaching course and new mountain bike trails, increased its entrance fees by $1 at the beginning of March. The increase, which was implemented in all Alabama state parks, was in response to rising park costs, such as increased health insurance rates for employees and increased utility costs, for example. Fees did not increase for children or seniors. While these increa...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Great Flashlight Egg Hunt The City of Opelika will host a Great Flashlight Egg Hunt on April 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Moore Stadium. Hunt for eggs in the dark! Bring a flashlight and a basket. Look for special prizes and "rock eggs". The event is for 3rd-5th graders. Date: April 02, 2015 go to website » Moore StadiumOpelika, AL 36801
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Please join me for an open house on Thursday, March 26th and Friday, March 27th from 11-3 and Saturday, March 28th and Sunday, March 29th from 1-4 pm at 1686 Livvy Lane in Auburn, AL.  You don't want to miss this beautiful home for sale in East Lake Subdivision.   Introducing our newest plan-The Chandler. Open Kitchen with a large island! Bulters Pantry. Tons of Windows Across the Back of the Home. Huge covered back porch! Oversized Laundry Room. Office off of the Master Bedroom. Second bedroom on the main level. All the quality you would except from Michael Allen Homes! Large Estate Lots private privacy and trees. Moores Mill Social Membership included.  Offered at $575,000.   Please click here to view the video of the home.  
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Think we all have moments that enable us to relate to good ole Charlie Brown. Sometimes all the odds seem stacked against us and we don't know if we can take another step forward.  Thought this would be a good message for us during those tough times.  Never give up even when the going gets rough and you feel like you can't keep up the momentum needed.  When you cross the finish line you'll be happy you kept your goal in front of you and did not give up.
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Bark in the Park Sponsored by Auburn Parks and Recreation Calling all dog lovers! Auburn Parks and Recreation will host Bark in the Park, an event celebrating responsible dog ownership, on Saturday, March 28 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Kiesel Park. This FREE community event is open to all dog owners and their favorite four-legged friends. Bring your friends and family, both two-legged and four-legged, and join Auburn Parks and Recreation for a morning of doggone good fun at the park! Visit a variety of educational booths, shop with local pet vendors, take advantage of low-cost rabies vaccinations, and enjoy door prizes and dog-friendly activities all morning. Looking to expand your canine family? Rescue dogs will be available for adoption as well! Mark your calendars and make plans to attend B...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
It takes a lot of courage sometimes to take the next step in our growth and development.  However, it's a step that must be taken if we want to grow into everything we are capable of becoming. Step out of your comfort zone today and take the steps necessary that will lead you to where you need to be in your life.  
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Think this is great news for bikers!   Patrick Johnston | Opelika-Auburn News | Twitter Auburn Mayor Bill Ham offers high praise for Chewacla State Park’s newest attraction. On Thursday, several dozen people – including many mountain biking enthusiasts — met at the upper pavilion to celebrate the opening of a new six-mile trail. It was made possible by a Recreation Trails Program grant through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. Ham commended ADECA. He also praised the dozens of Central Alabama Mountain Pedalers (CAMP) volunteers who helped with construction, calling it one of the “most amazing volunteer projects” he’s seen in Auburn. Once the ribbon was cut, bicyclists were eager to trek the new machine-cut trail. The MTB Project states on its website that the tra...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Katherine Haas | Opelika-Auburn News As the chill of winter retreats until next year and buds and blooms hint at warm weather to come, showcasing the signs of spring becomes a priority for area residents wanting to open their eyes to the outdoors. The annual Auburn Floral Trail, organized by the Auburn Beautification Council and the Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau, opened earlier this month and highlights some of the finest foliage the town has to offer. The 14-mile self-guided trail, which is broken into a 3.5-mile North trail, a 10.5-mile South trail and two optional sections, takes drivers along Auburn’s neighborhood streets to view trees, bushes, flowers and more that come alive in the spring months. “It’s a recognition for the people who have spent their time in their yards that like...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Freddie Mac economists are bullish on housing. "This month kicks off spring home buying season," says Len Kiefer, deputy chief economist at Freddie Mac. "Between now and the end of June, we’ll see about 40 percent of all home sales for the year." Spring Housing Market Outlook REALTORS® More Confident for the Spring Homebuilders Remain Cautiously Confident It’s that optimism that has Freddie Mac forecasters expecting 2015 "to be the best year for home sales and new home construction since 2007, when total home sales were about 5.8 million for the year," according to their U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for March. An improving job market is driving young professionals, ages 25 to 34, back to the labor force. The millennial age group now has 76.8 percent of its generation employe...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
WRITTEN BY CLIFF SIMS ON MARCH 17, 2015 AT 10:36 PM CDT   MOBILE, Ala. — With the first day of Spring approaching on March 20, Alabama-based home improvement expert Danny Lipford has released his Spring Edition Top Ten list for homeowners, offering seasonal advice on home maintenance and safety. Lipford is the host of the Emmy-nominated, nationally-syndicated television show, Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford. “In my experience, I’ve come across a number of people who are just unaware of some of the basic maintenance and upkeep that their homes require,” said Lipford, a 36-year contracting veteran. “Part of our mission at Today’s Homeowner is to provide reliable and easy-to-understand information to help homeowners with all the challenges they face.” Danny’s Spring list is designed ...
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